Prisonscape is a game developed by Lunar Enigma that will teach players how to survive in a prison, and its makers are looking for funding on Kickstarter.
Kickstarter has been the home of many weird projects until now and a lot of strange games managed to get their funding because they came up with the right idea. The community on Kickstarter seems to reward originality just as much as anything else, so basically, the more interesting the game, the bigger the chance to get the money you need.
As interesting games go, Prisonscape is probably one of a kind. There isn't a prison simulator out there and no one has even thought until now to make such a game, which is actually a combination of genres built upon an RPG concept.
The guys from Lunar Enigma say that Prisonscape is an adventure/RPG game about the harsh and brutal life in prison, made for PC, Mac, and Linux. Basically, you will need to do everything you have imagined yourself doing while watching every movie and TV show that demonstrated the life behind bars.
“The focus is on making the best of what you have. Gathering parts and crafting makeshift weapons, interacting with other prisoners (bartering, forming alliances, or making enemies) and learning the trade inside the prison. You can develop your character to be a tough fighter, charismatic manipulator, intelligent craftsman, or a slimy snake, and the choices you make affect the story.”
“The game was heavily inspired by two HBO classics, The Wire and Oz and the art style inspiration was pulled from SNES classics such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6,” say the developers on their Kickstarter page.
What's even more interesting is the fact that the game will not try to sugarcoat the action, the prison life, and the culture. In Prisonscape you will get to make weapons out of everything, you will get to explore the prison and interact with over 80 NPCs each with their unique dialogue, background and personality, and all the fighting will take place in turn-based tactical combat gameplay.
Violence is not the player's only purpose. You will also have to train in prison, solve various problems and puzzles, and you can even gain reputation amongst the gangs.
If the team from Lunar Enigma manages to get enough funds, the game should be available in December 2014 for all the platforms, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.